Title - Diary of James K. Polk. Sunday, 11th October, 1846
Date - October 11, 1846
Publication Information - The Diary of James K. Polk during his Presidency, 1845 to 1849. Published by: A.C. McClurg, Chicago, 1910
Format - Diaries
Collection - The University of Texas at Arlington Library, Special Collections.
Call Number - E416 .P76 v. 2
Description - In this entry, written upon learning of the fighting at Monterrey, Polk expressed his anger about the armistice General Zachary Taylor signed with his Mexican counterpart, Pedro de Ampudia, which allowed the Mexicans to keep some of their weapons and evacuate the city. Polk believed Taylor had squandered an opportunity to defeat the Mexican army and bring the war to a speedy conclusion. In the meeting of the full Cabinet held the day after learning of the battle at Monterrey, Polk again expressed his displeasure of Taylor’s conduct. The cabinet agreed unanimously to order Taylor to terminate the agreement immediately, and prosecute the war "with energy and vigor."